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of the house, asking how a military strike serves america's national security? tonight mr. obama spoke to judy woodruff and gwen about how close he is to taking military action. >> first of all, i've not made a decision. i have gotten options from our military, and had extensive discussions with the national security team. we are consulting with our allies, with the international community, and, you know, i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they're held accountable. >> reporter: the president's chief partner against assad, british prime minister david cameron has called a special session of parliament tomorrow to justify retaliating against the ve sheem. >> we have to confront something that a war crime, something that is a crime against humanity. >> reporter: despite the devastating images of dead men, women, and children that have shocked the world and u.s. claims of hard intelligence, even today a week later the syrian ambassador
on "america's stern and" as howard howie mandel got into it a little bit. >> you know howard's never to say what he thinks and the tension may have started at a dinner party howard threw at his house. tony dovolani got the full story backstage after the show. sure, america's got talent but the juds? >> you guys disagree a lot. ever haveuld never, said that. >> it's not about me, it's about them. gloves come out and fists come out. >> howard getting tough with with his lovie dovie wife, beth. >> she's been here every single week. >> she's incredibly hot and i love her. who knew howard was such a romantic. >> every holiday you make cards for me. >> yes, always do. and he takes pictures and prints them out and pastes them. seene thing you'll never him scribable in those cards. poetry. not into >> which she watches "the bachelor" and one of those guys reading poetry. >> don't ever write me a poem. keep peace on to the panel, inviting the judges over to dinner. >> do you think the supreme court gets together and parties? >> what happened at howard's party? >> heidi and mel, an hour and 15 minute
argue the time is now. america's only leverage to pull egypt back from the brink is the money. >> at the end of the day, i don't want american dollars to be used by this interim government to basically kill their way into power. >> reporter: u.s. aid to egypt dates back to the camp david accords of 1979. it buys the u.s. military's access to the suez canal, which connects the mediterranean to the red sea, ensures peace with israel and the sinai desert and is supposed to provide support for democracy in egypt. what democracy, you might ask, as the military jails democratically elected leaders and crushes protests in the street. >> anybody in egypt looking at the united states would see that we really don't have a game plan. we don't have a strategy. we have not articulated how we want to see this end. >> reporter: u.s. officials are hopeful egypt will pull back, noting the deep and historic ties between the u.s. and egyptian militaries. what's more, if america cuts off aid now, other countries have promised to fill the void. >> if we were to cut off aid, we would have no levera
putting his thumb right in america's eye. >> reporter: senator john mccain argued that the president underestimated his russian counterpart. >> and i know they like to focus on body language, and he's got that kind of slouch looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. >> the president comparing him to the kid in the back of the classroom, i think is very indicative of his lack of appreciation of who vladimir putin is. >> reporter: and renewed debate today about the president's defense of the nsa surveillance programs. >> finally came out last friday trying to come up with ways to salvage the program by window dressing. >> i applaud the president for bringing us there and talking about how do we educate the public that we need this program. >> reporter: all this as snowden's father says he now has the papers to visit his son in russia whom he continues to defend. >> what i would say is that my son has spoken the truth. >> reporter: now he also said today that he plans to take an attorney to russia with him to help his son fight the charges that he is facing in the united
calling it a moral obscenity. is america about to strike? >>> the burn zone, now the size of chicago. one of the biggest fires ever in california. and is san francisco's threatened water and power supply out of the woods? >> early detection of ovarian cancer, one with of the deadliest and hardest to diagnosis. tonight a simple blood test that could save thousands of lives. >> and, about last night. the performance that left no doubt she is not hannah montana anymore. did she go too far? or was that exactly the point? "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian. the white house tonight says there is no question they did it. calling out the syrian government over a chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds of syrian civilians. the language from washington today was exceedingly blunt. secretary of state john kerry this afternoon laying out the case for a likely u.s. military response. >> the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. by any standard it is inexcusable and despite the excuses and eq
. their deaths shocked america and forced their parents into action. marquez greene, who lost her 6-year-old, anna, and mark barden, who lost his 7-year-old, daniel, were stunned by yesterday's shooting. >> here we are the day after an individual stormed into a school with an assault rifle, into an elementary school. >> and there's silence. we are a nation in denial. and one day we're going to look back at this moment in history and say we should have acted earlier, because no parent should ever have to worry about getting their child off a bus when we send them to school. >> reporter: in the eight months since they last saw their children, newtown parents have campaigned for gun reform. it passed in two states, connecticut and colorado, but failed at the federal level. what was your reaction when the federal legislation failed for gun reform? >> it was frustrating, but it was also round one. and i feel like we are in mile one of a marathon. >> reporter: how many rounds? or how many miles? >> as many as it takes. >> until we get it done. >> reporter: these newtown parents also cautioned
. >>> good evening. there are few more dangerous places in america right now than on the fire lines out west, both for those fighting the fires and those trying to flee them. there are dozens of wild fires on the move tonight, but the most dangerous is in idaho, the so-called beaver creek fire, where thousands more have been ordered to grab what they can and get out. crews from around the country have been brought in to battle it, attacking from the air and from the ground. but conditions couldn't be worse as mountaintops virtually explode with fire before their eyes. nbc's miguel almaguer is covering the story for us. he is in haley, idaho, tonight. miguel? >> reporter: lester, good evening. that plume of smoke behind me about mile away is the heart of the fire. just in front of me is a sprawling community. what worries firefighters so much tonight is what is in between these two, acres and acres of dry fuel. explosive, out of control and now closing in on 2300 homes. the beaver creek fire is a monster, moving in multiple directions. >> this is an extremely fast and dangerous fire. >> repor
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. >>> forcing his hand, president obama makes changes to america's once-secret surveillance program after a explosive disclosure by a man he once dismissed as a hacker. >>> desperate hours, the feds make a big discovery in the frantic search for a missing girl. tonight the manhunt closing in on a suspected killer. >>> and making a difference. wounded veterans on an underwater mission to heal the planet and themselves. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening, i'm lester holt sitting in tonight for brian. the weather folks call it a stalled front, a weather system packed with rain that just won't budge. if you're watching us tonight across a wide stretch of the country from oklahoma to west virginia, be prepared for another drenching and more flooding. the rain totals have been astounding. in some places, 10 inches in a single night, destroying homes, businesses, and turning some streets into raging rapids. and tonight, there have been more deaths. nbc's kerry sanders is in nashville for us again tonight. kerry, what's it look like there now? >> reporter: well, good evening, lester. wit
up, speak out, and get in the way! make some noise! >> reporter: and now in the shadow of america's complicated racial history, new dreams are giving way. >> i have a dream that one day 16-year-old kids don't have to worry about being killed when they're walking home from 7-eleven. >> i have a dream that the african-american story will become a story of the world. >> that dr. king's dream, his legacy will never be forgotten. >> reporter: now the actual anniversary is on wednesday. on that day, president obama will deliver a speech from the steps of the lincoln memorial, the same exact spot that dr. martin luther king delivered his "i have a dream" speech 50 years ago. lester? >> nbc's kristen welker in washington, thanks. >>> nbc wants to hear from you share your dream with your fellow americans. simply record a short video saying "i have a dream that," and fill in the blank. post it on twitter and facebook using #dreamday, and let your voice be heard. and this program note tomorrow, "meet the press" will rebroadcast an hour-long interview with dr. king recorded august 25th, 1963,
'm doing temp work to have extra money coming in. >> reporter: they're part of a group of americas 50 to 59 years old. >> we used to think of student loans as temporary. but for some, they're becoming a lifetime or multi-generational burden. melissa is a credit counselor who helps charlene manage it all. >> 30% of my clients are in that bracket, 50 or older. a lot of them just say, i'm going to die before i pay this off. >> reporter: some say all that debt is still worth it. >> a return on investment to higher education is about the greatest return an individual can secure. it is the best way to get a job, keep a job, or get a better job. >> her tuition is going to go up. >> whatever sacrifices i have to make for them to go, i'm willing. and they're willing to help. >> reporter: after all, a mother's love knows no bounds. nbc news, washington, d.c. >> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday evening, has the new school year starts, teaching teachers to watch for warning signs in troubled students. >> and imagine this, the voice on the other end of the line is the pope's. yes, that p
is talking about how we help people in america. >> both senator paul and governor christie are going to be major candidates in 2016. they're heavyweight contenders for the republican nomination. >> reporter: and there is this, in the latest issue of the new republic magazine, mccain was asked whether he would vote for hillary clinton or rand paul in 2016. mccain replied, laughingly, it is going to be a tough choice. another sign of just how bitter this growing feud is among republicans, brian. >> andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom, who, by the way, today, celebrated 35 years of service to this network and reporting on this network. and let's go ahead and kill her mike as i say we hope she's up for 35 more. andrea, thank you, congratulations. >> thanks, brian. >>> conditions overseas tonight setting up for what could be -- what is feared to be a particularly violent episode in egypt. police have been ordered to break up the camps that have been formed by the supporters of muhammad morsi, the ousted president there. the interior minister said he hopes the protesters will resort to re
, finding shipments for empty trucks all over north america. >> half the time those trucks are empty. so that's what coyote is targeting. >> and that's wasting money? >> that's wasted money. that's wasted labor. that's a waste of carbon. so that's the opportunity for us. >> reporter: in an economy virtually stuck in neutral, customers come to coyote seeking leaner ways of doing business. customers want more productivity with fewer workers, and that explains today's disappointing jobs report. >> people went into the report with high expectations that the economy was doing better, and they came out of the report thinking, gee, maybe things are not improving. >> reporter: the economy has added jobs for 34 consecutive months, but the pace has slowed, and much of the growth is in part-time work as well as the retail and restaurant sectors, and those are lower-wage jobs. just this week, fast food workers in cities across the country staged walkouts demanding higher pay and benefits. the american economy is driven by people's ability to spend money. >> it's really up to the business sector to s
america shopped and the way a lot of americans read books, is getting into the news business. the news was so big it was announced on the ticker on the "washington post" building today. that's because the news was about the "washington post." bezos is buying the paper and related media properties for $250 million. the news came as a bombshell in a company town where it's personal. "the washington post" of watergate fame is a local paper owned by the graham family, and struggling like just about everything else printed on paper. it's part of a recent trend in which wealthy individuals are becoming the saviors in many cases of traditional mainstream and especially print media. many cases because they believe in quality work and a robust press. billionaire warren buffett has bought up several local papers. just days ago the co-owner of the boston red sox announced he's buying "the boston globe." bezos told the post staff late today he knows it will be a shock, but, quote, the values of the post do not neat changing. we will continue to follow the truth wherever it leads. >>> about two oth
crimes in a decades-long reign of terror. a closer look at one of the most feared mob bosses in america and trial that gripped the city of boston. >>> crime and punishment. there is big news on two fronts. why the feds want to send fewer people to prison, and can police really stop and search you for no good reason? >>> and in a flash -- faster than the speed of sound, cheaper than getting on an airplane. tonight a big idea to revolutionize travel as we know it. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening, i'm lester holt sitting in tonight for brian. >>> what an incredibly close call it was for guests at a resort near disney world when the ground literally opened up beneath them as many of them slept. let's show you what it looked like from above the scene right now in clermont, florida, where a massive sinkhole opened up changing much of the resort structure. more than 100 people were forced to evacuate. some under harrowing conditions, remarkably no one was killed. nbc's kerry sanders is there with late details. kerry, i assume you're on firm ground right now, but how big a danger ar
on america's obesity epidemic. it's now estimated as many as one in five people in this country will die from obesity-related disease. what's significant about that number is that it's three times higher than previous estimates. but as our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman reports, it's never too late to turn things around. >> reporter: it's the last few days of summer before school starts, and 13-year-old marshall reed is up early getting breakfast ready. on this morning's menu? fresh veggie omelets for his mother and him. >> eating healthy makes me feel so good that i don't want to go back to my old ways. >> reporter: marshall has worked hard to control his weight, which is important in light of today's study suggesting obesity causes more deaths than previously recognized. in an eye-opening new report, researchers studied men and women between the ages of 40 to 85 over a 20-year period. they found that obesity was likely responsible for about 18% of deaths during that time, one out of five americans. >> obesity is going to increasingly shape the mortality levels in the united states
. so in ways that people don't fully yet realize, climate change has affected us in america and across the world? there are a manifold of ways that climate change is having an impact. the arctic is a very useful bellwether of change, and it's ringing. >> reporter: but in greenland, once called eskimos, don't need a scientist to tell them about climate change. >> the sea ice are disappearing. >> reporter: the inlet leader says melting ice means his people struggle to reach traditional hunting ground. some have even fallen through the thinning ice and died. you're saying that a way of life is so threatened, it could die? it could be lost forever? >> the only humans around the north pole in the arctic are us. we have been here for thousands of years. and we tell you, things are changing. and you will feel it maybe tomorrow. >> his message essentially is that we in the industrialized world are using more than our fair share and that our children and our grandchildren will pay the price, lester. >> very sobering. ann, thank you. >>> we're back in a moment with a big celebration today that f
this an urgent situation. in this country, while we have seen all kinds of tsunami debris litter america's west coast, scientists say the leak poses little danger to the u.s. because the radiation dissipates in water. and in the words of one, there's a massive ocean between us. the real risk is at fukushima. the meltdown of three nuclear reactors turned nearby towns into still lives. the threat now is offshore to japanese seafood. fishing is a $14 billion industry. this doctor of the woods hole oceanographic institute says he's finding high levels of radiation in fish like flounder are high. >> they must be sustained by a small but continued reek from the reactor site. >> today most of the fukushima fishery remains closed. now there are reports the power company is considering freezing the ground around the plant. essentially building a mile-long ice wall underground. something that's never been tried before to keep the water out. one scientist i spoke to dismissed this idea as grasping at straws, who evidence that the power company failed to anticipate this problem, lester and now cannot solve
amount of time. nashville, 1 to 4 inches. >> all right, ginger, we'll see you on "good morning america." >>> meantime that wildfire out in southern california we're also following that tonight, this evening the fire is 40% contained. the people who have been evacuated have been allowed to return home. >>> we move on tonight and to new video coming in moments after a small plane crashed in a suburban neighborhood in connecticut. these exclusive images shot by a neighbor as he was approaching the crash scene, unsure of what he was about to see. tonight, we're learning of those four who didn't survive. three of them children. linzie janis on the scene for us tonight. >> reporter: just seconds after a plane crashes into this home, a neighbor capturing the chaos on his cell phone -- >> oh, my god! >> reporter: people running to the windows, asking if there are children inside. >> is there a kid in there? >> i don't know. >> reporter: their mother on the front lawn screaming. >> she said my two children are in the house. >> i flipped over the crib and looked in the closet, and couldn't find
of the most popular summer spots in america. the beautiful creature is on the water and a lot of folks are worried about what lies beneath. >>> and later, purchasing power. the visionary who revolutionized the way we shop and the way we read. tonight a lot of questions about the man behind this big buy. >>> we're back now with an increasingly common occurrence along the waters in the east coast this summer. shark scares.ñ1e.:"÷ and not just any sharks. dozens of great whites are being sighted this summer, lured into shallow waters by the seals they feed on. it's become a big problem in the massachusetts coast. nbc's katy tur has that story for us. >> reporter: a summer afternoon at the chatham fishing pier. >> hello, hi! >> reporter: crowds by the dozens, seals by the hundreds. at least right here. on any given day on cape cod, thousands of the whiskered sea creatures can be seen sunning on the island, where they've been federally protected for the last 40 years. >> what do you think, alexa? >> very awesome, because i don't really see seals a lot. >> reporter: it's not just the visit
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there was anybody else in america that will agree with you. >> reporter: then the sentencing began. >> counts 598 through 653 -- >> reporter: life without parole plus 1,000 years. >> you will be confined for the remainder of your days. >> reporter: judge michael russo said he hoped the sentence gave the victims some peace. >> after 11 years, i am finally being heard and it's liberating. >> reporter: amanda berry's sister said in court, she craves privacy. gina dejesus's aunt said she wants to go on to high school, to college, and one day fall in love. and then as she was leaving the court, she turned to ariel castro and said in spanish, "may god have mercy on your soul." brian? >> incredible day. >>> we turn to news from overseas tonight. russia today offered at least a temporary home to edward snowden. the american who leaked those government secrets on extensive data mining operations. he was today allowed temporary asylum in russia. that means a ticket out of the airport where he has been living. it has angered the u.s., of course, because he is still wanted here. our chief foreign affairs cor
/delta, southwest and both airtran and ata. usairways and america west. but is it good for passengers who now pay more for luggage, leg room, even sodas. >> the prices are no longer competitive, then i would be unhappy. >> if you're not providing the services, they're going to go to another airline. if you're not providing the routes, they're going to go to another airline. >> reporter: the government has approved airline mergers in the past, but it said this one was simply too big. and it says those previous mergers have provenhat too often the airlines hike fares and cut their routes. lester? >> and tom, this merger was announced just as american was slipping off into bankruptcy. so a lot of people are wondering tonight is a weakened american better off than perhaps to have this merger go through? >> reporter: you know, this is a business where it's survival of the fittest. clearly, if you lose an airline, if that ever became an eventuality, that would be bad news for customers also. the government finds itself walking a very fine line here between what's good for the customers and what's good
robert mueller himself ever imagined what was about to happen just a week later. it changed america, the fbi, and the world. tonight, as he prepares to leave the job, the longest-serving fbi director since j. edgar hoover speaks with our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: robert mueller became fbi director a week before the september 11th terror attacks and doubled the number of agents assigned to terrorism. but some questioned the sting cases, people who have expressed only a desire to attack. >> i would ask a different question. how do you know when that person who harbors the intent to kill american citizens is going to move from harboring the intent to actually picking up a pistol and killing 13 people? >> i was looking at your picture in the lobby out here, and you have more gray hair now than you did when you became director. >> i'll also mention, so do you. >> all right, fair enough. >> reporter: he says it's been an intense 12 years and remembers the toughest times. >> the hardest days that you have are those when you lose an agent in the course of duty. >> re
. chuck, iraq, afghanistan. is america about to get involved in syria? >> reporter: well, lester, it looks like in some form. the president seems to be leaning every on sending some sort of strike. the question is, what does that military option look like? right now that's unclear and the president's closest advisers are divided on the options that are in front of them. it is these heart-wrenching images out of syria, lifeless bodies, many of them children, allegedly victims of brutal chemical weapon attacks that accelerated the debate in washington. >> we are right now gathering information about this particular event. what we have seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern. >> reporter: just how grave becoming more clear tonight. ann curry spoke with a doctor inside syria treating some of those victims. fearing for his own life, he would not go on camera. >> died violently while sleeping and died hungry. >> doctor, after this experience, what is your message to the outside world? >> chemical weapons is a shame on the face of humanity. i can't imagine that the intern
with something we don't want to get involved in. >> many fair goers say they're torn about what america should do. >> we get involved in so many places, we really don't belong. >> others are dead set against any involvement. >> we have plenty of our own battles to be fought. we shouldn't be getting into a middle eastern conflict right now. >> i think we're involved in enough stuff overseas, you know? trying to bring the troops home. let someone else deal with it. >> reporter: as minnesotans celebrate the troops, many worry about what might lie ahead. >> i pray for those guys every night. they're in my prayers. >> many here have either served or have loved ones serving overseas. they are patriotic, but they are also concerned about any future military conflict. lester? >> kevin tibbles, thank you. >>> now to the massive air and ground war in the west against one of the largest wildfires in the history of california, continuing to explode out of control tonight. nbc's miguel almaguer spent much of the day in a helicopter high above that battle gaining a unique perspective in just how highly coordin
the nfl to thousands of players ravaged by hits to the head. >>> sleepless in america. millions of people using prescription meds. tonight, who's desperate for a good night's sleep and why pills are not always the right answer. >>> and against the odds. beloved tv star valerie harper. how she is doing months after a devastating diagnosis. tonight, meredith vieira is with her as doctors tell her something she didn't see coming. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian. the u.s. tonight appears to have just lost a key ally as it tries to build consensus for a punishing military attack on syria. there's late word from london that britain's parliament has voted tonight against supporting an attack. but even as efforts towards an international consensus unravel, the white house is still pressing its case here at home for a military strike. in a conference call this evening, members of the president's national security team are briefing congressional leaders in what the white house believes was the syrian government's role in a deadly nerve gas attack, and layin
on america's number-one game show. -- captioions by vitac -- www.vitac.com so i decidedt was time to find some real harmony with nature. [ screaming ] whoo! oh, yeah. elmo! [ howling ] mmm! [ eagle chirps ] [ train whistles ] [ bird chirping ] [ screaming ] [ tuba bellows ] whoa. hey! [ screaming ] [ snoring ] music to mom's ears. we may live in houses, but we're born for busch gardens. this is the "jeopardy!" teachers tournament. here is our first group of semifinalists -- a high-school social-studieseacher from tacoma, washington... ...a 3rd-grade teacher from new york, new york... ...and a high-school chemistry teacher from charlottesvil, virginia... and now here is the host of "jeopardy!" -- ex trebek! thk you, johy gilbert. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. and welcome, everyone. it's the middle of the week, but it's also the first of our three semifinal g game. these are sudden-victory games. only the winner gets to come back to play on monday and tuesday of next week for $100,0,000. so, michael, whitney, and john, i hope you're up to the task. good luc here we go into the jeopardy!
of america's most wanted, mob boss james "whitey" bulger has been convicted of being involved in a string of murders and other crimes after a trial that riveted the city of boston and much of the nation. nbc's kristen dahlgren is at the federal courthouse. good evening. >> reporter: pg good evening, lester. yeah, a day many here in boston thought would never come. nearly two decades after james "whitey" bulger went on the lam, today a federal jury here found him guilty of being involved in a string of gang crimes including 11 murders. crowds swarmed boston's federal courthouse this afternoon, inside after more than 32 hours of deliberations jurors returned to a packed courtroom announcing the fate of whitey bulger, one of boston's most notorious mobsters. the jury found him guilty of dozens of crimes including conspiracy, racketeering and playing a role in 11 murders. >> the day of reckoning for bulger has been a long time in coming. >> reporter: tom donohue whose father was killed more than three decades ago was among the family members present throughout the trial. >> wily bulger pretty
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